JEFF: Down to #162
By Jeff Falconio
The Mets win. The Brewers lose. So it comes down to the final day of the season and when the dust is settled we might still not know who the wild card team will be. Ideally, you would've liked to see the Brewers clinch it today. That means CC Sabathia could be saved for Game 1 of the NLDS instead of having to go out again on short rest (and if the Brewers make the playoffs Sabathia will likely once again have to start on short rest). However, Johan Santana had other ideas. Pitching on three days rest himself, Santana pitched an absolute gem for New York. What he did today was incredible. 125 pitches on Tuesday then turns around and goes the distance today.
Certainly, the Brewers had their chances to stay a game up and at least clinch a tie. It took forever against Ted Lilly, who must really love to pitch at Miller Park, but the Brewers started chipping away in the seventh. However, when you've got bases loaded with one out like the Brewers did in the eighth and October is on the line, you need to deliver. It's not like the Cubs were putting their A team out there either. But you can't worry about that now.
Sabathia gets the start and everyone is reminded again, this is why you got him. Is there anyone else in the NL you'd want out there tomorrow? Meanwhile the Mets will start Oliver Perez against Florida's Scott Olson. Perez got knocked around last time out against the Cubs but pitched well against the Marlins on August 29. I'm sure Sunday will be both exciting and slightly gut-wrenching, as it always is when one playoff spot remains. The Brewers no longer control their destiny so the only thing left to do is hand it to your ace and enjoy the ride one last time.